Sahara Reporters’ founder attacked in Lagos over controversial publication
Founder of online investigative newspaper, Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore was reportedly attacked today in Surulere, Lagos by an angry associate over a report the medium published about the corruption saga involving the embattled National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
AljazirahNigeria learnt from credible sources that the attacker, one Lekan Fatodu was reportedly angry over the publication which he noted linked his companies to the corruption saga involving arms deal (Dasukigate) and did not give him fair hearing even though Sowore had access to him.
It was gathered that Sowore had just returned from a foreign trip when the incident occurred.
According to separate sources, the duo had met at a traffic point in the city.
“They had a small traffic incident involving both of them. When Lekan came down to talk with the occupant of the car involved with his, he suddenly found out that it was Sowore. They started arguing over the controversial report and this led to an altercation in which the angry Lekan attacked Sowore. Traffic police and bystanders had to intervene to stop the fight,” a source said.
AljazirahNigeria gathered that Sowore eventually took the matter to the police at Panti Command.
It could not be independently gathered if the matter had eventually been resolved.
The medium could not also get reactions from the two concerned individuals.
In December 2006, Sahara Reporters became a brand in investigative journalism when it sourced, identified and published the photo of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab the juvenile terrorist.
Since then, it has published over 7,000 stories and has a massive follower-ship within Nigeria and abroad.
It has however had its fair share of controversies over stories posted by the publisher, who is mostly based abroad and who has had similar perhaps not violent confrontations in the past over reports published.